“The one who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”Robert Louis Stevenson
We are a traveling family. We travel with purpose and intentionality. We work and school as we travel. It is not a vacation. It is living in other places – full and free, joy-filled and sun-drenched. The following is a collection of some of our favorite photos from our travels, and we continue to add to it each month.
What you see first is where we currently are and goes chronologically back in time as you scroll down this collection. We hope it inspires you to travel widely and bravely with your kids too!
BIG ISLAND, HAWAI’I
Hawai’i is truly paradise. we chose to stay on the Big Island for 8 months while covid settled in Europe. We spent a month in the rainforest next to an active volcano, and the rest of the time in Waikoloa Beach Resort community. We filmed episodes of our TV show almost weekly and enjoyed meeting local friends through ballet and art classes, swimming, and hiking.
SOUTHERN UNITED STATES
We spent spring of 2021 exploring Atlanta, Orlando, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, while learning about southern history and culture, the NASA space program, jazz music, and Texan everything. It was a wonderful experience filled with so much excitement and joy.
ROCKY MOUNTAINS, USA
Winter of 2021 was in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado teaching the four girls to ski, ice skate, snow tube, and enjoy all the winter sports. They all four became total ski bunnies, even little four year old Peyton, who zipped down the mountains faster than any of us!
London is a place we always come back to in Europe, because it is outside of the EU and we can easily land there for a while sd our visad reset to go back into the EU. We love the London vibe and all it’s little quirks. Our girls will hopefully always feel comfortable in this world-class city, rich with history, art and culture. We spent December 2021 in London, and enjoyed Peyton’s 4th birthday there.
Scotland is a legend kind of world. The gothic spires of Edinburgh evoke stories full of mystery and magic, and it’s fully addictive. The highlands are epic, an explosion of color with the sounds of bagpipes wailing in the wind. The waterfalls cry for all the years of clan warfare and pointless killing, but the lilt of the Scottish accent lifts the heart to look higher. Higher to the castles, the clouds, the colors of the highlands, the Cairgorms National Park, and the Northern Lights.
PELOPONNESE & METEORA, GREECE
ATHENS & CORINTH, GREECE
Montenegro is a small country of 600,000 people on the Balkan coast. It’s famous for rocky beaches, black mountains, and dreamy resorts. We planned to stay for a week and ended up staying for four months, due to COVID-19. We saw it transition from winter into spring and then into summer. We couldn’t be more grateful to be “stuck” in such a gorgeous place! The memories we have from Montenegro are the stuff of legends. It was full of lazy days fishing for sea urchins, playing, swimming in the waves, exploring caves, and waiting for the global pandemic to pass.
Croatia was part of the former Yugoslavia, and it’s a gorgeous country, renowned for it’s island-hopping opportunities in the middle of the Adriatic Sea. The city of Split was built around a place called Diocletian’s Palace, the retirement estate built for the former Roman emperor. We spent our days exploring the palace, the beaches, and the history of this pretty place, and also experienced Janelle’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, and a visit from Grandma Susan, just after the passing of her husband.
Roma! This city. Wow. There was no book work happening for these kids in Rome, there was TOO much to see, to explore. We stayed by Vatican City, and we are so glad. We walked almost everywhere for hours upon hours each day. It felt as if we stepped back in time to another world of gladiators and pompous emperors, artists, and architects. The Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, the Sistine Chapel, the Mouth of Truth, The Colusseum, The Forum. And the lists go on. Roma is ESSENTIAL.
Florence is a legend. History abounds, architecture amazes and art astounds. Michelangelo, DaVinci, Bruenellesci, Medici, and more. I can’t say as I fell in love with it in the same way as we did other cities, but it’s certainly one not to be missed.
Venice is an enigma, another world, almost unreal. We arrived at night and it was beyond hard to navigate in the cold and dark, but we stayed long and loved much, for Venice is all this and more: beauty, joy, and magic. We spent two weeks walking the streets, interviewing gondoliers, tasting the delicacies of the small caffès, riding the boats, exploring. We are in love and can’t wait to visit again. Venezia! Ciao for now, not forever.
We only had a day in Milan, en route between Lausanne, Switzerland and Venice. We had long wanted to go to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery there and see the famous Cathedral and shopping areas. We had a magical evening walking around this fashionable, elegant city, tasting affagodo and soaking in the pure ITALIANESS of it all. Our first day in ITALY!
Switzerland was a New Years’ week delight! We were housesitting in Lausanne and enjoyed Lake Geneva, sledding, ice skating, “sledging”, visiting the International Olympic Committee and SO MUCH WONDERFUL SNOW!!!
CHÂTEAU DE CHILLON, SWITZERLAND
This chateau (castle) is an island castle on Lake Geneva, between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhône.
For Christmas, we settled into a lovely country house for a few weeks to enjoy the French country life.
We have some good friends in Paris who have a home on the coast of Normandy, who invited us to stay there. The time was over Peyton’s third birthday and we couldn’t have been in a more dreamy location! We explore quaint villages, ancient castles, cider routes, and the D-Day beaches. Incredible!
Ah, Paris! The city of light and love and history. We enjoyed Paris with giddy delight, like kids in a candy store. So much to see and do and learn. We only had two weeks and it wasn’t nearly enough. We might need to come back to Paris to live for a few months at some point.
APPLE ORCHARD NEAR TOULOUSE, FRANCE
The land of bikes, windmills, cheese, and wooden clogs. Amsterdam. The city on the canals. The girls and I visited some friends there for a week while Daddy was in Africa, and it was all magic and fun, stroopwafels, and pure joy. We LOVED being there in the cool, rainy weather with friends, and we can’t wait to go back!
London – the land of tea and castles and queens and knights. We stayed for a month and explored everything we could, drank WAY too much tea, and feasted on the history and architecture and, well, all of it!
We only had a few days in Maine, but we had to see it since we so close. The rocky beaches and fresh air were just divine in October. We enjoyed every magical moment of it.
The Von Trapp Family settled in Vermont after leaving Austria during WWII. They bought this farm and set it up as a ski lodge and farmed maple syrup too! We loved spending a week exploring all this gorgeousness in the peak of the best fall color season in decades!